Goodall Agri-Development Pathway

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society is delighted to announce the Goodall Agri-Development Pathway, a new fully-funded training programme to support the development of farming’s next generation.

The Pathway helps young people to develop their skills and experience, improve their performance and prepare them for enhanced responsibilities as their career in agriculture evolves.

Details of this exciting new programme are explained below. Applications for our first cohort of ‘Pathfinders’ have closed as the 2024 programme is now underway.

Content and delivery

The Goodall Agri-Development Pathway is an annual programme with eight modules to complete. Modules will be delivered in a mixture of face to face and online environments, and feature farm visits, conferences and expert speakers. Some modules require overnight stays. Each module lasts between one and four days. Scroll down for a list of the module topics.


Learners (our Pathfinders) will emerge from this Pathway with the skills and experience to confidently progress their career ambitions. Following completion of the programme, a celebratory awards presentation will take place at the Great Yorkshire Show – for the first cohort, this will be at GYS in 2025.

Who can apply to take part?

This exciting opportunity is open to those aged 35 and under who work in farming and allied industries in the North of England. Applications are particularly invited from those who have not studied Agriculture to a high academic level, or who wish to refresh some elements of their time in education.

How to apply

Applications are currently closed. An application form for the 2025 round will be made available on this webpage in Autumn 2024, so do check back. We will also be announcing when the new application round is open on our social media channels and in the press. To request more information, please contact the Charitable Activities team at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society by emailing

Pathway programme

Module 1 Knowing yourself and working in a team
Module 2 Navigating working relationships
Module 3 Sustainable business development and agri-marketing
Module 4 Leadership
Module 5 Basic HR
Module 6 Influencing and educating stakeholders
Module 7 Farm administration
Module 8 Diversification, innovation and change

Selection process and timescales

There were 12 places available in the 2024 round. Applicants are interviewed by a selection panel before being informed if their application is successful. Whilst places are fully-funded, a £250 deposit refundable upon completion of the Pathway is required to secure a place if your application is approved. The first module of the 2024 round started in March.

Why is it called the Goodall Agri-Development Pathway?

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society is grateful to the late-Mary Goodall, who kindly bequeathed a legacy to the Society to further its charitable aims to support young people in the agricultural industry.

The result of this kind gift is the Goodall Agri-Development Pathway: Her Legacy, Your Future.

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